Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk back in 2011, had given the United States President Barack Obama a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. In the midst of the US President’s speech, he has not forgotten that gift, mentioning The Witcher series this week during his trip in Poland. It’s not very often we hear anything from Obama when it comes to highlighting gaming but he has said the role-playing game series developed in the country by CD Projekt Red is a “great example” of how Poland contributes to the global economy. The team at CD Projekt RED is thrilled that he singled out the title.
You can view the video of the speech through Polish media outlet TVN24, here, though be prepared to hear the Polish voice-over/translation, currently there isn’t a straight English version yet.
Here’s the quote translated by the CD Projekt RED PR:
The last time I was here, Donald (Polish prime minister) gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk.
There are have been games that have come from well known Polish studios that include The Farm 51, Techland, and Epic Games Poland, but CD Projekt RED has brought the most well-known video game series that has ever came from Poland. The fantasy Witcher series is based on and inspired from the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel series called the same name.
Even though it wasn’t a PR tactice, this speech came out in time to remind us of this Thursday, developer CD Projekt Red and GOG.com will be holding its annual Summer Conference. People both at the event and watching the livestream will be expected to see the release of a new trailer with in-game footage for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, coming out in 2015.